An innovative integrated home renovation service for private residential buildings to be validated in the Basque Country and with a high replicability potential in Europe. This will be achieved by setting up “district offices” as one-stop-shops to facilitate turn-key solutions to homeowners, covering the whole customer journey.
The Project OPENGELA will develop and implement an innovative integrated home renovation service (IHRS) for private residential buildings in two districts in the Basque Country (Spain) and subsequently replicated within the region. The project develops an economically viable business model that brings together active citizen engagement and an innovative financial instrument, making the service suitable for vulnerable populations. The local one-stop-shop pilots will be managed and coordinated by the Basque Government.
OPENGELA model will address the main challenges faced by energy efficiency programmes, namely the economic viability and the replicability by having a model built upon a public‐private partnership between the Basque Government and private actors providing financing and technical support and where district offices are funded with small fees paid by homeowners and validated providers. The project will rely on a proven financing tool –on‐tax financing– currently being promoted globally.
The project will implement energy efficiency as well as renewable energy solutions to ensure that the maximum CO2 mitigation impact is achieved. Additionally, integration with district heating and cooling systems will be taken into consideration to bring about a large scale impact. Thus, for the same comfort conditions, a reduction of 30 percent in C02 emissions is expected with the energy-efficient and low carbon solutions to be fostered. This quantity comes from the improvement reached when jumping from the “E” to “B” energy certification category.